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Title:Pater Seraphicus Synopsis
Artist:David Enlow   Bio Web site
Item:7247
Price:$24.98
Sample:Development (near conclusion) of Choral in E Major by César Franck.
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Additional Details

Format:Digital Audio CD - 3 Disc Set
Length:161’ 27”
Organ:Aeolian-Skinner, revised Mann and Trupiano STOPLIST
Venue:Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City USA WEBSITE
Recorded:05/08/2011
Released:11/10/2011
Producer:Frederick Hohman
Notes Author:David Enlow
Notes Language:English
Graphics Format:16 pp book, traycard, jewelbox
UPC #:636077724725

Critics' Comments

FFAO (Federation Francophone des Amis de l’Orgue) At first hearing, the entry of the reeds is surprising, or even confusing, as their character is very different to that which our ears are accustomed to. We must over-ride that, and put aside our Franck-ist and Symphonic atavism. David Enlow truly has much to say in the works of Franck, which he has perfectly comprehended and which he renders with personal expression while remaining faithful to the spirit of Franck. This approach is well suited to American organs, of which the organ at the Church of St Mary the Virgin in New York (Aeolian-Skinner Op. 891, 1932, revised and augmented from 1988-2002 by Mann and Trupiano) is a flagship. - translated from French


l’Orgue, Revue Indépendante, December 2012 ”…the interpreter of this Franck set is David Enlow, graduate of the best American schools. He is a pure example of what the U.S. can offer for an organist at its best: perfect technique, inventive, flexible, vigorous musicality, free of conventions of registration that often make Franck’s music so boring on the Old Continent.In short, we have here all the ingredients of a lively rendering neither too fast nor too powerful, with magnificent reed colors, a sense of phrasing of extraordinary good taste and a subtle and effective rubato. Compared with the two very beautiful sets of Franck works mentioned above, we are here in a state of total surprise at a happy encounter with a joyfully revitalized ’Pater Seraphicus.’" - Georges Cattin, trans. Monique Dori


The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, November 2012 “Enlow‘s playing is sensitive, is dramatic in its effect on the listener, and the full capability of Aeolian-Skinner is heard here. His conviction about this music, its importance for the modern ear, its serenity, and its transformative power is present in every piece. This is a masterful recording, abounding in heart.“ - Jonathan Dimmock


The Juilliard Journal Its dense, radiant spectrum of timbres shows Enlow’s masterful command of the Aeolian-Skinner instrument’s enormous range ... Throughout, the combination of Enlow’s mastery and the church’s resonance should make Franck admirers very happy. ... the introspection and sensitivity he [Enlow] seeks are evident in every bar. - Bruce Hodges


Track Listing
[ Track # • Title • Composer • Duration ]

01 • Fantaisie in C, Opus 16 • César Franck • 12'53"
02 • Grande Pièce Symphonique, Opus 17 - Part One • César Franck • 10'13"
03 • Grande Pièce Symphonique, Opus 17 - Part Two • César Franck • 8'24"
04 • Grande Pièce Symphonique, Opus 17 - Part Three • César Franck • 7'41"
05 • Prélude, Fugue and Variation, Opus 18 • César Franck • 11'8"
06 • Pastorale, Opus 19 • César Franck • 8'48"
07 • Prière, Opus 20 • César Franck • 14'16"
08 • Final, Opus 21 • César Franck • 12'14"
09 • Fantaisie in A • César Franck • 15'36"
10 • Cantabile • César Franck • 6'46"
11 • Pièce Heroïque • César Franck • 9'7"
12 • Choral No. 1 in E Major • César Franck • 15'19"
13 • Choral No. 2 in B minor • César Franck • 14'36"
14 • Choral No. 3 in A minor • César Franck • 14'24"
15 • Video Feature (QuickTime File - plays in most computer CD drives) • On the making of Pater Seraphicus • 9'30"

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YouTube Video - Watch this 9-minute video feature about the recording of Pater Seraphicus, with commentary and remarks by concert organist David Enlow.